NAMI Pasco is proud to celebrate its community partnership with The Circle of Veterans and Families Ranch and Rehabilitation Center. The Circle of Veteran’s mission is “to provide a week-long safe haven for our Veterans and their families in order to begin the journey of healing mind, body and spirit” on a 10-acre ranch in Dade City/Lacoochee, Pasco County.
There is no cost to veterans to participate in The Circle of Veterans.
The non-profit organization was founded by Tice L. Ridley, a recently retired Senior Army Officer with two combat tours that earned him a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Retired for medical reasons, Tice has firsthand knowledge of family struggles with post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related conditions. The Circle of Veterans integrates Rapid Resolution Therapy and equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs, Both therapeutic approaches are practiced at the Circle of Veterans by specialists with decades of experience in their respective fields at the Circle’s educational and rehabilitative retreats for vets.
Enter Leslie Gervase BA, RN-BC, OCN. She’s
the Patient Care Leader for Morton Plant
North Bay Hospital. Ms. Gervase will lead a discussion on proper medication storage and more. You can also check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Medication and Safety Program as a primer for our discussion.
Join NAMI Pasco for our free monthly education event. In March, Elizabeth Statzer, Director of Behavioral Health Outreach with HCA, will present. Elizabeth has almost 15 years of experience in behavioral health and social services. She will lead a discussion on the Baker and Marchman Acts and all they encompass. You can find a Baker Act and Marchman Act primer right here on our web site too.
Join NAMI Pasco and Sabel Taylor, BA, who will lead an important and evocative discussion on how tobacco companies continue to target the mental health population with their products. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, 44.3 percent of all cigarettes in America are consumed by individuals who live with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. According to NAMI National, “There is no one single, certain reason why so many people who live with mental illness smoke. It may be a combination of brain effects, psychological
effects, and the social world in which we live.” Be our guest for an important conversation about nicotine and people with brain disorders. Free refreshments.
With over 300,000 returning veterans living in the 5-county area of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee Counties, the Tampa Bay area has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation. We recognize the unique challenges faced by returning military personnel and their families have increased the demand for behavioral health and other intensive services in Florida and nationally.
Call the Florida Veterans Support Line toll-free at 1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838) today and receive:
* Comprehensive information & referral to VA-funded
services & hundreds of community-based services
* Assistance and support provided by a peer who has
experienced the transition from military back to civilian life
* Care Coordination services including system navigation,
advocacy and ongoing support
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Join NAMI Pasco on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 PM for a discussion with Susan Sisson, NCC, LMHC, to learn about how Dialectical Behavior Therapy is being used successfully to help people living with brain disorders. DBT is designed to guide people in changing behavior patterns including self-harm, suicidal thinking, and substance abuse. DBT teaches people about emotional regulation and how to effectively increase awareness of emotional triggers.
DBT was originally used to treat people withborderline personality disorder, and integrates techniques associated with cognitive-behavior therapy and Buddhist meditation practice.
RSVPsare not required but much appreciated. Find everything you need to know below. Hope to see you on January 5, 2015 at the NAMI Pasco office.
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has launched a toll-free help line to provide emotional support and resource referrals to veterans in a five-county area. Service covers Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Manatee counties. The hotline is staffed by veterans.
Any veteran needing help or information can call 844.693.5838between 7 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend calls will be answered by specialists in the Crisis Center’s 2-1-1 call center. Please pass the word along to those who may need it.
We’re changing it up for November 2014. In the 11th month of this year NAMI Pasco is offering a triple dose of community activism with mental health awareness in mind. Please be our guest for a big night of education focused on veterans along with the Annual NAMI Pasco Membership Meeting and a meal. The evening will include a spaghetti dinner thanks to our compassionate and knowing community partner:Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2284. Download our flyer here to get all the information you’ll need to participate:Honoring Veterans on November 12, 2014.
Be a part of “What Helps, What Hurts?”
A panel discussion by U.S. Veterans for U.S. Veterans on Mental Health Awareness. Bring your questions, your friends, and an appetite.RSVP required by November 3.
November 12, 2014
5:00 to 8:30 PM
Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2284 7201 Congress Street New Port Richey, FL 34653
We had a open, invigorated discussion on Monday June 2 after viewing CBS News’ “60 Minutes’ “Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis”. We’d like to have more of you involved in our freemonthly Education Meetings to help transfer news about important education on mental illness. We need your help to end the stigma.
Let us know what subjects would interest you most for these 1 to 1.5-hour classes. Tell us about what’ll get you out of the house after a long day of work and into a community of mental health advocates and people who care!